How to Make Cannabutter Brownies (Everything You Need to Know & More!)
Pot brownies, man, are the stuff of legend! Ganja and brownies have long gone together like bacon and eggs, burger and fries, and like smoking weed and getting the munchies! Long ago, some genius to whom we are all indebted decided you might as well put the weed that’s giving you the munchies into the thing you are munching on and, there you go, edible marijuana! A great weed brownie recipe is unrivaled in its stoner popularity, maybe even moreso than weed cookies, which are also so deliciously well-loved in the weed community!
My wife and I do a lot of canna cooking, so we can attest from personal experience that chocolate and cannabis are two great tastes that taste great together! Now, you can tailor your weed to compliment the flavor from the other ingredients in your edible marijuana, for example cannabis strains like Chocolope, Chocolate Haze, Chocolate Thai, Wedding Gelato, and Chocolate Kush have an unsurprising chocolate taste when smoked or vaped and probably any of them would go well with your cannabis brownies - so you could make the cannabis butter, or cannabutter, that you will need for your brownie recipe with any of those. Really, it is up to you and depends on what effect you want to get from your cannabis-infused stoner treats – indica strains are gonna get you very relaxed and potentially couch-lock you, sativa strains might have you dancing on the ceiling, and a hybrid strain might give you a nice balance between the two. Know your strain, its taste and flavors, do a little research and decide what you think would taste good and how you want to feel after you eat your brownies.
(Cannabutter in brownie batter, image source: Shea's Cannasweets DC on Instagram)
However, there might be a way to determine the dosing per medible serving - we found a handy guide which we have condensed and adapted from Hawaii Cannabis Times.com:
First, research and identify the percentage of THC in the strain you will be cooking with. On average, most strains generally have 10% + THC. Strains that have 15-20% THC are above average, and those with 21% + are considered very strong. Beware, for this type of THC content in any pot brownie recipe will leave you feeling some sort of way! Don't over-do it.
For the sake of simplicity we will assume a strain has a 10% THC content.
Break down the THC potency levels using a little simple math: for every 1 gram of cannabis flower it has 1000mg of dry weight. So that means if a strain has on average 10% THC, we can divide 1000mg by 10% and we get 100mg. For cooking or baking cannabis at home, it’s safe to assume that a gram of cannabis contains at least 100mg of THC assuming the strain being used has a 10% THC content.
Now take the amount of ground marijuana, say 14 grams, convert it to milligrams of THC (1400mg THC), and then divide it by the recipe yield (say 90 cookies) to determine a per-serving dose of THC.
1400mg divided by 90 cookies = 15.5mg of THC per serving size.
(THC levels of different weed strains, image source: Ave Art on Instagram)
Now my wife and I usually cook with premade canna-veggie oil from a local dispensary, an 8oz bottle that contains 1600 mg of cannabis per the Detroit Fudge Company label, and retails for $60. It makes it kind of easy to dose because there are 16 tbs per bottle, so every tbs is 100mg, and we substitute a tbs of the canna-veggie oil for a tbs of oil or butter in the recipe that we are going to make.
But since many recipes that you will find from online have cannabutter as an ingredient - and we certainly encourage you to look around because they are everywhere on the Internet, so you have a lot of options to choose from – in case you don’t want to do any research, we’ll include both a recipe for cannabutter and for cannabis brownies. You’re entirely welcome!
Okay, first things first, the pot butter - here is a recipe for cannabutter that we found and adapted from the dailydot.com
(Our own cannabutter, note the lovely ganja green color, image from daleahw on Instagram)
- Turn your crockpot on low or if using the stove, turn the front burner on low and place a pot on the burner.
- Add 1 cup of water and one pound of salted or unsalted butter to your crock pot or pan. The water will help keep the temperature of the butter even and keep the cannabis from scorching and developing a bitter taste.
- Once the butter starts to melt, add your ground cannabis flowers, medical marijuana if you're using that or some shake, which is essentially already ground up pieces of cannabis plant anyway. Many dispensaries sell shake, even high-quality shake, at a discount, and it saves you time grinding up an ounce of pot.
- If using a crockpot, cover your pot and step away, checking your mixture every 30 minutes. Your butter will need to cook for eight to 16 hours, depending on how strong you want it. Check the water and if it starts to evaporate then add more. Stir your mixture periodically, whenever you check on it.
If using the stove-top method let your butter and water mixture simmer for around three hours, stirring often. The longer you let the butter simmer, the stronger the butter, and, therefore, the stronger the cannabis edibles you make with the butter.
- When your mixture is done cooking, pour it into a glass refrigerator safe container using a cheesecloth to strain out the plant matter.
- Once you’re done straining, squeeze the cheesecloth to make sure you’ve drained out every last drop of cannabis-infused butter.
- Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap, place it in the refrigerator, and let it cool overnight. While the butter is cooling, the water will separate from the fat in the butter, raising the butter to the top of the dish and leaving the water at the bottom.
Once the butter has cooled, carefully cut around the edges of the butter and remove the solid butter. Drain out all the water at the bottom, and then put your butter back in a new, dry, airtight, sealable dish. Your butter should still look like butter, with perhaps a slightly green tint depending on how long you cooked it.
Cannabutter will last up to two months, stored properly, but may start losing potency after a few weeks. Better start making some cannabis edibles with it sooner rather than later!
(Cannabis, chocolate and brownies, image from Shop Med Men on Instagram)
Get your measuring cup ready! Now we've got the best pot brownie recipe from Marijuana Break.com:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup canna butter
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Making your Pot Edibles:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a saucepan melt your butter and cannabutter. Remove from heat, and stir in (skip the mixing bowl!) sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup flour, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon baking powder. Pour the batter into your pan.
If you want to spruce up your brownie mix, you can throw in some chocolate chips, too!
Bake for 30 minutes - if you like your pot brownies slightly cooked, or 20-25 minutes if you like them moist.
Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 1 tablespoon of canna butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Stir well. Place on top of your brownies after they’ve come out of the oven and have cooled to at least room temperature (try to wait longer so the frosting doesn't melt!).
Cut into squares and serve those delicious cannabis brownies up! Remember that if you have calculated the total amount of THC in the brownies that you’ll have to divide by the number of brownies you cut to determine the potency of each weed brownie.
(A cannabis strain and brownie meme, image source: Cannabis BB on Instagram)
Summary:Now you have everything you need to whip yourself up a batch of deliriously delicious cannabutter brownies! Research a strain that will give you whatever effect that you want, a relaxing indica or stimulating sativa, or maybe a highly balanced hybrid weed strain – that choice is up to you! But we’ve given you the means for making your own cannabutter, shown you how to calculate the THC potency level; you can use our brownie recipe or find one of your own, and you now know how to estimate the dosage of THC in each pot brownie. Sure, you can just buy a cannabis-infused brownie, cookie or even rice crispy treat from your local dispensary, and it’ll be good and likely get you high, but nothing beats the taste of homemade ganja food – besides you’ll have an entire pan of your own incredible cannabutter brownies! Word of advice, though, DON’T eat them all, or even a lot, in one sitting! It’s wise to take it slow, edibles can sneak up on you - it takes longer for food to digest and for the THC and other cannabinoids to enter your bloodstream than when you smoke or vape; so, you know, be sensible and enjoy your gooey, chocolatey cannabis confection!
Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)
Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.
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